Last night after a glass (or two) of Pinot Noir, Brian and I were dreaming about the future—as we always do when drinking—and I mentioned this article I’d read recently by Courtney Adamo about her family’s decision to do a gap year and travel the world.
At first I was just showing him her Instagram and talking about the massive girl crush I had on her, but then the conversation got more personal and we started dreaming about what it could be like to do something similar. Now, I don’t think we’d ever do a full year. That feels like a lot to me! But, we got really stoked on the idea of a 6-month adventure and dreamed up how fun it could be to spend next summer in London and the fall in New York. Because who wouldn’t want to spend a summer in the UK and autumn in NYC?
Who knows if this will ever come to fruition, but the idea of it has certainly given us a big dose of wanderlust. This part of Courtney’s article really captures the heart behind our desire to follow in her footsteps:
Where will we be in a year’s time? Will we have settled back into our London routine, the treadmill of work and school? We might. But like my neighbours so long ago we will be changed. We will have seen and experienced more in one year than we could hope to experience in 10. We will have a lifetime of memories and we will have watched and actively participated in our children’s development. And if we’re lucky, we will have learnt to live more slowly.
Doesn’t that sound amazing?
Would you ever do a gap year of sorts with your family? Where would you go?